• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The MPEG2 Streaming Component is a "helper file" not an application!

    • Written by from MILTON KEYNES

    What the MPEG-2 Playback Component does is to enable 3rd Party apps like Squared5's excellent MPEG Streamclip to work with Quicktime apps on Mac OS where video and audio file conversion is required. That's why it's referred to as a "helper file", for heaven's sake!

    For the record, I transcode and reversion video files for a living, and despite the fact that I have some very expensive Mac and Windows-based tools in my armoury, MPEG Streamclip is one of the most useful and reliable of them all. I really can't do without it. But to get the most out of it you really do need this Quicktime MPEG-2 Playback Component - so buy it now. Note also that although Lion (and, presumably, Mountain Lion) supposedly doesn't require the component, they actually do in order to make Streamclip to work properly. Again - read the notes on Squared5's web page!

    So, those who are knocking the component and saying that it doesn't do what it's supposed to do - just read the release notes will you? Jeez.....

    57 of 68 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No Audio

    • Written by from Stoke-on-Trent

    Video will now play, but no audio.
    Video with audio plays fine using alternative player VLC media player (free).
    Looks like this Codec needs some more work, sadly in my case £15 wasted.

    27 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Birmingham

    having been told to download this by apple support I find it does not work with Lion!! waste of time and money

    44 of 47 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No sound

    • Written by from DUNDEE

    Sorry Apple, the video section works but I get no sound from my Sony camcorder mpeg2 files. That was not what I expected from your spec. Back to Windows I fear...

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Hedge End

    It self-installed, my MPGs from Windows worked absolutely perfectly.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It does work

    • Written by from Aberdeen

    I have just purchased this and it does work, contrary to what some reviewers say. However it is a bit galling to be having to pay extra for this when it should just work "out of the box", a phrase commonly used when referring to Apple products. But all I am concerned with is being able to use my mpeg files and get the footage off of my camcorder in a usable format, and it does exactly that.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Helps a FREE 3rd Party Software convert MPEG files!

    • Written by from LONDON

    This software does enable you to see MPEG files - but if you want to convert MPEG files to MOV files you need the help of MPEG Streamclip (google it) which is a free download from a 3rd party company so that you have full sound with your clips.

    I think why everyone who has purchased this has got angry is because it seems ridiculous to be buying a component from Apple and then having to download another application to make it work - and it seems ironic that we're paying Apple when it almost feels like it is the 3rd party who should be getting the dosh for providing the function we all bought it for.

    To be honest I jut want to be able to buy something have it work, rather than have to find a review or a web discussion about what additional software I need to make MPEG files into MOV files.

    So if that's what you want your plug in and play Mac to do: buy this, then go to www.squared5.com and get the free download and it will probably take you 20 mins tops. I just feel that it should be a one stop shop and that should come with the security of it being an Apple one stop shop.

    198 of 206 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly, ignore the nay-sayers

    • Written by from BRIGHTON

    Frankly I cannot understand all the one starrers out there.

    There seem to be a lot of people having problems with audio. If, for example, you're wanting to extract the contents of a DVD so you can edit them in say Final Cut, you'll need to use MPEG Streamclip to convert the VOB files ripped from the DVD to a codec that editing packages understand. Without the QT MP2 Playback installed (at the time of writing, Feb09, onto QT Player 7.6) this isn't possible.

    In your editing package you may need to render the clips you export from MPEG Streamclip in order to be able to hear the audio, though in iMovie '08 I don't even think that's necessary.

    The thing couldn't possibly be simpler or cleaner to use!

    DOWNLOAD: the download tab is right there on your receipt when you buy the thing. It's the word highlighted in blue in your order summary and it reads, cryptically enough I admit, "Download" with a little downward pointing blue arrow next to it.

    It's tip top, don't diss it.

    31 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for converting DVDs in MPEG Streamclip

    • Written by from WITHAM

    MPEG Streamclip suggested I download this component when I attempted to convert a DVD into web format (in this case flv). It worked first time and perfectly. I'd spent ages trying to find a decent converter and have found this to work adequately, and has cured my headache!

    30 of 33 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It just works

    • Written by from BRADFORD

    I had problems with iMovie 08 recognising my Sony HDRSR12E Hard disc video camera. The genius bar showed me how to use MPEG Streamclip to convert the video to DV format.
    Unfortunately I had to purchase the playback component, but once installed it worked just fine. One point worth mentioning though is that when reviewing the converted footage in Quicktime, you can't hear the audio. However once you've imported it into iMovie 08 it's all there.
    It only gets 4 stars because of the cost. I think it should be an integral part of Quicktime.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Too many restrictions

    • Written by from Long Beach

    No video plays, only audio. Can only play certain types of mpg files, and certain types of audio files. Not really worth 20 bucks at all. Should be less than 5 at most. Don't waste your money.

    25 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does exactly what it says on the tin

    • Written by from LONDON

    Now I can use all my old VideoStudio HDV MPEG-2 media.

    78 of 140 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Audio but no video

    • Written by from HOVE

    I have just bought this so that I could view some mpeg 2 files which previously weren't playing in Quicktime Pro at all. It now plays but I only get audio and no video and I can't find a support page to tell me what's going on. This is rubbish!

    103 of 175 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple and successful

    • Written by from Huddersfield

    I discovered that imovie could not import a dvd from my camcorder. The help file suggested 3rd party software. I quickly found mpeg streamclip and easily downloaded it for free from the apple store. When I started it up it asked for the mpeg 2 playback plug in for quicktime and informed me I could purchase this from apple for about £15. I decided to do this and downloaded the plug in. It installed effortlessly and mpeg streamclip now produces great mp4 that I can edit in imovie. Total time 20mins - hardly a challenge!

    123 of 214 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Quicktime-Pro with Quicktime MPEG2 Playback Plug-in

    • Written by from Portsmouth

    Having bought Quicktime-Pro and the MPEG2 player plug-in I do not have the facility to trim MPEG2 movie files. It's is not made clear in the advertising that Quicktime-Pro will only playback MPEG2 files and not allow you to edit them (the trim function is disabled for MPEG2 only?) once you have downloaded the QT MPEG2 Player. This is disappointing and probably means that I've wasted my money! For the most part I like Apple but when they upset you they really get under your fingernails!

    88 of 157 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No Good for .MOD / mpeg 2 files!

    • Written by from Ashtead

    I bought this so I could 'see' the .MOD files that the Panasonic SDR-H20 camera uses... .MOD is an mpeg 2 variant. However, once this plug was installed... QuickTime opened the file... GREAT PICTURE, NO SOUND! So... if you have .MOD files, drop them into TOAST TITANIUM and choose 'Disc/Export Video'... shame I didn't work that out before wasting my hard earned cash! I love Apple... but why am I increasingly having to use third party alternatives... what's going on Steve?

    159 of 280 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    .mpg to mp4 conversion with audio

    • Written by from Hull

    When used for the above, this Quicktime Add-On was needed for running alongside MPEG Streamclip.

    These two applications combined allowed me to convert .mpeg footage files from a non-mac-compatible camcorder (Sony HD 2007) to mp4 files that could be played back and edited in iMovie HD. Although i must add that i have Quicktime Pro (which allowed me to send the files to MPEG Streamclip).

    Also, the audio didn't play back in Quicktime, which is why i needed MPEG Streamclip, which solved that issue.

    This software was easy and fast to download.

    113 of 206 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    MPEG-2 Plug-in

    • Written by from Shipley

    Unlike some reviewers, had no problem downloading or installing. But disappointed that there is no sound with my digital camcorder files in QT7 that are recorded in this format so mandating the plug-in. Also not impressed by the £15 UK price v. $19.99 US price!

    210 of 355 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    mpeg component

    • Written by from BODMIN

    Does not work properly in several apps - no sound. Works brilliantly with MPEg streamclip.
    Impossible to upgrade it to new version when it says you need to upgrade. This was triggered by my upgrading to the newest version of quick time which also told me to upgrade. Apple apparently do not know what to do when contacted! Only option seems to be to repurchase the component again.
    I wonder if there is a solution for a pc?

    43 of 81 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product - but annoying gap in download instructions

    • Written by from MILTON KEYNES

    Works flawlessly - using to play back .rec files with MPEG Streamclip. But inadequate instructions, once you have paid, leave many customers intensely frustrated, and in the dark about where to find download. “The download button” it says – but where? No sign of such a button on the final page. Maybe on an email? No email arrives. Apple customer service say many people have complained (see also comments in other reviews) but they are seemingly helpless to do anything. Perhaps a clueless customer can help where salaried Apple staff seem powerless.

    Use the "your account" tab to login and download away. May seem absurdly obvious, but the tabs are generally so useless on this site and the structure so labyrinthine, that the “your account” concept can easily end up invisible here, unlike on, say, Amazon where its clearly signposted at every turn. Ho-hum. I love Apple but this site conspicuously has potential for improvement

    318 of 508 people found this useful